The Elephant Wrestler

138 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, North Shore, Auckland, New Zealand, 0622
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Sun-Wed 12pm-11pm, Thur-Sat 12pm-1am

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  • Smoking Room/Table
  • Full Bar
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About The Elephant Wrestler

The gastropub with a bit of attitude, The Elephant Wrestler in Takapuna is full of life. The outdoor courtyard is jam-packed come summer, while indoors is the perfect place to nestle up. The menu has something for everyone from burgers and pasta to vegan curries and dumplings. Top it off with a slice of cake and a classic cocktail before calling it a day.

Cuisine: Pizza, Pub Food
Dress Code: Relaxed
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Visited On Sunday, 19 January 2020

Didn't go because i wasn't allowed to change my booking due to unforseen circumstances. Rude staff member on the phone wasn't nay help whatsoever

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Hi Stephen, I am sorry if you feel the staff were rude or unhelpful. Unfortunately on these "Big Fight" afternoons we have to be very strict as we literally have people waiting to jump on tables as soon as bookings do a no show. We have a strict 3pm cut off for arrivals on UFC events. This is a standard policy and is enforced strictly. In saying that, iI would not expect our team to be rude but just try and explain that calmly. It is not sometimes received well but it is our policy and we do enforce it as previously stated. I am sorry that it did not work out for you this time and hope that the circumstances that were the cause of you not being able to make your 3pm booking were not too serious or traumatic.

Responded On Sunday, 19 January 2020
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Visited On Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Great service from friendly and accommodating staff. Food (Sharing Platter) was plentiful and contained a good range of meats and some basic side dishes. Meat was mainly slow cooked and very tender. Pork ribs seemed a little dry, but overall great value for money

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Hi Robert, thank you so much for the feedback. We really do appreciate people taking the time to do this, so thank you. The platters are so popular so we are glad that you managed to get to try one. We will pass feedback on to chefs re ribs and staff about your comments around service as well. Thanks. Please come and see us again soon.

Responded On Thursday, 16 January 2020
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Visited On Saturday, 11 January 2020

Great food and great service.

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Hi Melisse, Thanks for the feedback and your 5 Star Ratings. The team will be very pleased that you enjoyed your visit. Pop back and see us again really soon.

Responded On Sunday, 12 January 2020
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Visited On Thursday, 09 January 2020

Food was good though the ribs we had were not the best. Service is great. Will definitely go back.

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Hi Janet, Thank you so much for your rating and the feedback that you have provided. We really appreciate you taking the time to do so. I am sorry that your ribs were not to your satisfaction but we will certainly get the chef to check them out first thing in the morning. Thanks again and we sincerely hope that we see you again really soon.

Responded On Friday, 10 January 2020
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Visited On Saturday, 04 January 2020

Aside from having poor service, I really enjoy the atmosphere Elephant Wrestler gives off! Good vibes as well as good food goes well together. Some of the prices could be better.

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Hi Romwell, I am sorry that this was your experience. We do in hind sight admit that we were short staffed on Saturday and we could have planned this better. We do hope that you come back and see us again to see that we do get this right.

Responded On Monday, 06 January 2020
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Visited On Saturday, 04 January 2020

Food was great. Loved it. Service was sub-par. We were treated with hostility. Not sure why. Would appreciate better service next time.

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Hi Namisha, thank you for your feedback. I have spoken to the staff that were on duty on Saturday and in hind sight we did leave them short staffed for the night. We did get this wrong and I am sorry about that. The team has said they at times were probably a little rushed which meant they were a little less engaging than usual which absolutely could have come off negatively. That is totally my fault and once again apologise for leaving the team short and you getting the experience that you did. I do hope that you give us another chance in the near future.

Responded On Monday, 06 January 2020
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Visited On Saturday, 04 January 2020

Great food, excellent reception but only two waiting staff on and we couldn't place a dessert order as we couldn't find anyone. Four of our mains (in a party of 12) were delayed by 5 mins.

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Hi Paul, Thank you for your feedback. I have spoken to the management team that were on and they have conceded that they did let staff members go a little prematurely on Saturday. We do apologise about that and hope that it did not negatively impact your overall experience. We do hope that we see you again soon.

Responded On Monday, 06 January 2020
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Visited On Monday, 30 December 2019

The staff were great and the food was amazing!

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Thank you Georgie. We are pleased you enjoyed your visit.

Responded On Monday, 06 January 2020
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Visited On Sunday, 29 December 2019

great service and food. The staff where awesome. Just like family. Made my fathers 80th birthday a fantastic afternoon

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David that is fantastic to hear and we are pleased that your Fathers 80th Birthday was so special. Thank you for the feedback and your lovely comments, do come and see us again really soon.

Responded On Monday, 06 January 2020
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Visited On Sunday, 29 December 2019

Beautiful food , beautiful atmosphere and beautiful service.

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Thank you Saad. We appreciate the feedback and comments.

Responded On Monday, 06 January 2020
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Visited On Friday, 27 December 2019

We had a fantastic post Christmas meal the staff cheerful and efficient good choice on menus for us

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Thank you John. The staff will really appreciate this feedback. Working through that Xmas NY limbo period can be tough so the will be really pleased that you enjoyed yourself and that they mad a positive impression. Pop back again soon mate.

Responded On Monday, 06 January 2020
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Visited On Friday, 27 December 2019

wonderful meals. friendly staff. we'll be back for sure.

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Hi Jan, we are looking forward to seeing you again already.

Responded On Monday, 06 January 2020
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Visited On Monday, 23 December 2019

40 dollars for a jug of cider seemed a bit steep to me. Service great. Food a bit average especially the steak.

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Hi Alan, sorry that you did not enjoy your steak. Monday $15 menu is usually so popular and we always get great feedback o the food. I am sorry that this was not the case during your visit. The jug is a 1.8ltr jug and we are pretty confident that is pretty close to all our competitors after researching that. Anyway all feedback is taken on board and we appreciate you taking the time to give it to us. Hopefully you come and see us again though.

Responded On Monday, 06 January 2020
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Visited On Friday, 20 December 2019

Staff here are amazing, this is why we always come back. You won't be disappointed. Thanks girls & Steve for yet another great night out.

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Thanks Louise. We really appreciate the feedback. The team will be so pleased that you enjoyed your visit. We hope we get to see you again really soon.

Responded On Monday, 06 January 2020
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Visited On Friday, 20 December 2019

Enjoyed our time Amazing service

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Thank you Stephanie. Great feedback and we appreciate it, We will pass onto the team. See you soon.

Responded On Monday, 06 January 2020
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Visited On Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Amazing!! Great service waitress was super friendly and helpful ! Food came out promptly and was delicious! We had a few cocktails all were delicious :)

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Thanks Kristen. We appreciate the feedback and comments.

Responded On Monday, 06 January 2020
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Visited On Tuesday, 17 December 2019

The food was very salty. Don't want to go again.

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Thank you Cecilia and it is sad to get this feedback. I hope that your 50% off with First Table at least compensated in some way.

Responded On Monday, 06 January 2020
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Visited On Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Great service and atmosphere but food was disappointing. Risotto with the fish Was barely warm, and chicken burger was too dry. Would return for drinks, but not for a meal.

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Thanks for the feedback Selena. I am surprised that your server did not have this rectified if you had let them know. We have very clear KPI's around customer satisfaction and staff are very aware of these. I will look into your server and find out why a solution was not offered if they were informed about these issues. Please do come back and see us again really soon.

Responded On Monday, 06 January 2020
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Visited On Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Great bar with really friendly staff who always very accommodating.

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Thanks Steff. See you again real soon.

Responded On Monday, 06 January 2020
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Visited On Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Excellent service, good food.

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Thank you Bridgette, we appreciate the feedback and your nice comments. We will pass onto the team and hopefully see you again real soon.

Responded On Monday, 06 January 2020
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Visited On Friday, 06 December 2019

Great place with superb friendly helpful staff.

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Thank you Richard. We appreciate the feedback and comments. Do come back and see us again when you get the chance.

Responded On Monday, 06 January 2020
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Visited On Thursday, 05 December 2019

Great service really enjoyed

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Cheers Awhi. Appreciate the feedback.

Responded On Monday, 06 January 2020
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Visited On Wednesday, 04 December 2019

Great tasty food and lovely presentation! Very friendly service. We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. Totally recommend this place! 👍

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Thank you Maria, the team will be pleased that you enjoyed your visit and that the food and service met your expectations. Please do come back and visit again another time.

Responded On Monday, 06 January 2020
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Visited On Sunday, 01 December 2019

We found the food to be average - the roast veges were undercooked and hard to cut, the kumara was bland and the fettucine was very salty. I enjoyed the pork belly which was tender but wished it hadn't been swimming in a gravy. On the plus side the service was excellent.

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Thanks Jane, all feedback we will take on board. It will be passed to kitchen manager and staff once again reminded the importance of meal checking with diners so as to try and avoid some of these issues. We hope we see you again though.

Responded On Monday, 06 January 2020
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Visited On Sunday, 01 December 2019

Great service and lovely food, thanks!

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Thank you Jani. We are pleased you enjoyed your visit with us. Please come again when you get the chance.

Responded On Monday, 06 January 2020
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